Recently, one of our Illinois boat accident lawyers read a report about a 10-year old boy that was killed while tubing on a lake in the northern Chicago suburbs. Dailymail.co.uk reports that on Saturday afternoon, the boy from Libertyville, Illinois fell off of an inner tube as it was being towed across Lake Petite, near Lake Villa in Lake County. He was then hit by a passing 29-foot craft and suffered traumatic injuries.
An Antioch Fire Department deputy chief received the report of the accident at 4:39pm after a bystander who witnessed what happened called 911. Boats and divers from several surrounding towns rushed to the scene and found the boy by tracking the mobile phone of the witness. Paramedics then took him to Condell Health Network in Libertyville, where a Lake County coroner later confirmed his death due to blunt force trauma. Authorities say two other people involved in the accident were taken to hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. No one has been cited or arrested for the incident, which remains under investigation.
Our Illinois boat accident attorneys are aware of the number of boating accidents that occur during the summertime and want to urge the public to be more cautious while either driving a boat or simply enjoying the water nearby. Watersports like tubing, water skiing, and jet skiing have become very popular in lakes throughout Illinois for children and adults of all ages, but can also become dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken. Thus, our Illinois personal injury law firm thought it would be helpful to remind our readers of the steps they can take to avoid serious injury while tubing, boating, or sharing the waters with boaters this summer.
Primarily, always wear a personal flotation device or life jacket, as many victims that sustain injuries in boating accidents were not wearing a life jacket. While tubing, be sure to follow all manufacturers’ rules for safe riding in terms of number of riders, size and weight of riders, age limits, and maximum towing speed. Try to avoid sharp turns, high speeds, and large waves if there is the possibility of rider safety becoming jeopardized. Always have a “spotter” on board who can see if anyone has fallen off the tube and keep a lookout for water tubing accidents.
For drivers, be aware of all water regulations and make sure all equipment on your vehicle is working properly. Never overload your vehicle and avoid low water areas or submerged objects. Also, avoid drinking alcohol while driving; this is just as dangerous as driving a car after drinking, and the probability of being killed in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved. Most importantly, keep an eye out for other boats and swimmers in the water to prevent collisions or serious accidents.
The next time you or your family decides to spend some time near the water this summer, keeping these boating and water sport safety tips in mind will help to make sure your experience is safe and enjoyable. Those involved in boating accidents caused by another boat driver’s reckless or negligent behavior may have legal recourse available to them. If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries, medical expenses, or property damages as a result of a boating accident, contact our Chicago boat accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti. We are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action and determine what rights may be available to you.